Thank you for the good wishes I saw just before I was called to read the eye test chart (it was a long afternoon). I could not even read the top row from three feet with my right eye but raced through the chart with my left. Another longish wait I was then called into the consulant. After a few questions it was head in the eye viewing apparatus - no idea what it is called but the one where you rest your chin and press your forehead against a curved strap. For what seemed an eternity I had my right eye looked at with various lenses looking right, left, up, down and straight ahead. Fortunately the session on my left was shorter. Afterwards I had the drops put in and maybe because I was nervous they seemed to sting more than normal.
There followed another long wait during which a nurse put in another dose of drops. When I went back in it was another long session that left me seeing the world in pink and green with my left eye. The consulant told me they could not really see anything in my right eye as there was so much blood but it appeared the bleeding had stopped. He said there were minor changes to the left that needed no treatment and far less than he had expected to see because of the length of time I have had diabetes, and the bleed. I go back in two weeks by which time the hope is the blood will have dispersed allowing a view of the retina. I was told it may not need further treatment (just one of those things) or I may need laser. In the meantime I have to try and keep my BGs in a narrow range (trying to avoid hypos and highs), and to avoid heavy lifting, etc. to try and prevent a reoccurrence.
When I left it was after 6:00 and gloomy and pouring with rain outside. However I needed my shades as those led DRLs on modern cars really burn into your skull. Fortunately a friend took me both to A&E and the opthalmology clinic without any complaint despite having to wait many hours (he is the guy I gave my spare meter to). The staff in the clinic were great too considering how stretched they were with quite a few emergencies to squeeze in. We stopped for a coffee on the way home (till they closed at 7:00) as we couldn't face the vending machine in the hospital. I am back there twice in the next two weeks; first for the cardiac clinic and then back to opthalmology.